Configuring Kensington mouse buttons

Reid Rivenburgh reidr at
Fri Feb 15 02:52:57 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:24 PM, Tom Horsley <tom.horsley at> wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Feb 2008 19:15:02 -0700
>  "Reid Rivenburgh" <reidr at> wrote:
>  > Section "InputDevice"
>  >         Identifier  "Mouse0"
>  >         Driver      "mouse"
>  >         Option      "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
>  >         Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
>  >         Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
>  >         Option          "Buttons" "7"
>  >         Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
>  > EndSection
>  I've got a different kensington mouse, but I found that
>  I couldn't see all the buttons in xev till I changed
>  the Protocol option to be "Auto", the "IMPS/2" makes
>  it stupider than it otherwise needs to be. Also, once
>  you use "Auto" protocol, saying "Buttons" is apparently a bad
>  idea. It seemingly changes the number of buttons to
>  be some completely random value :-).
>  Once all the buttons work, you can make any of them be
>  any thing by using xmodmap (which is usually automatic
>  if you edit the /etc/X11/Xmodmap file).

Thanks for the pointers, Tom!  I wasn't sure how to modify my
xorg.conf.  That mouse entry I pasted is probably from many years ago,
the last time I had to do something like this.

Which reminds me....  Is there any "proper", GUI way to change these
kinds of settings?  I vaguely recall there being a system-config-mouse
program once upon a time.  Did that go away?  Was its functionality
somehow absorbed into xorg itself?  Just curious, I certainly have no
fear of firing up vi!

Thanks again,

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